Be Still and Acknowledge that I am God

Mar 22, 2012

“Be still and acknowledge that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).  These are words to take with us in our busy lives.  We may think about stillness in contrast to our noisy world.  But perhaps we can go further and keep an inner stillness even while we carry on business, teach, work in construction, make music, or organise meetings.

It is important to keep a still place in the “marketplace” even if the marketplace seems to invade our spaces of worship and prayer.  This still place is where God can dwell and speak to us.  It also is the place from where we can speak in a healing way to all the people we meet in our busy days.  Without that still space we start spinning.  We become driven people, running all over the place without much direction.  But with that stillness, God can be our gentle guide in everything we think, say, or do.

In this week of Lent gently take  a moment to name and recognize the uniqueness of your own busy poverty, think of Jesus stopping on his journey to the Cross to help clear the temple for you, to make a place of stillness for you. Think of him driving out the noise, chaos, unfair demands and grasping hands reaching out to rob you of your ability to freely enter the Holiness of his Human presence. See him turn to you to say, “There. It’s done. They’re all gone, relax, breath. Now you can enter and be with me my Father.”

An intertextual mash up from Henri Nouwen, Jean Allen ( and Brent Unrau

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